After taking time to think about the pros and cons of firearm and gun ownership, you’ve decided to purchase one of your own. A poll conducted by the Gun Owners of America and Gallup Inc. showed that in 2011 36% of the people they surveyed owned some sort of gun or firearm, and soon you’ll join that special percentage of citizens that choose to own a firearm. There are a lot of different kind of firearms you could, and if you’re new to the world of firearms and self defense, finding a gun of your own can seem a little overwhelming. Guns have been getting a bad reputation lately, but you don’t have to be a gun aficionado or into gun politics to be able to pick a good gun to defend yourself. If you follow these simple gun buying tips, you’ll be able to find the gun that you need to meet your needs.
Think and research
Some guns may look similar, but that doesn’t mean that they’re anything alike in terms of handling, ammo, shot range, and other important factors. Before you start look at different gun manufacturers, think about what your ideal gun would be like. Do you want something small you’ll easily be able to conceal, or are you comfortable handling something that is a bit larger? Can you handle something that will have a bit of a hard kick when you fire it, or do you need something that will be gentle? Once you figure out what you’re looking for, it’s time to go online. The NRA has been publishing the American Rifleman for decades, and the web version of their publication has a lot of information for first time gun buyers. When you’re deciding don’t worry about taking too much time to think about what you’re looking for. A gun is a major purchase, and it’s something that can be costly to replace. If you rush and pick the first thing that catches your attention you could end up disappointed, so take all of the time you need to make your decision.
Think about ammo
It’s easy to spend most of your time thinking about the kind of gun you want to own, but the bullets that you’ll be using with the gun are equally important. Ammo can vary from brand to brand as much as different guns can, so once you think you have an idea of the kind of gun you’ll want start to do research on the recommended type of ammo for it. Some ammo can be very inexpensive and easy to find, other kinds can be costly and may only be sold by a certain company.
Only find a legitimate gun seller
If you do a search for handgun buyers online, you’ll no doubt come up with countless nearby sellers who promise the cheapest and most “discreet” services. Don’t let a good deal cloud your judgment, you should only work with licensed firearms sellers. That isn’t just to make sure that you get a quality weapon, it’s to make sure that you don’t get in trouble with the law.
Take a gun safety course
We know, we know, you know plenty of people that own guns and they’ve never taken a proper safety or shooting course before in their lives. Gun safety is far too important of an issue to ignore, and responsible gun owners do whatever they can to make sure that they’re safe. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a safety and shooting course, your local gun club may offer discount classes or completely free classes.
Buy a gun safe
Also make sure that you have what you need to safely store your gun at home. Look for the safest gun safe money can buy, and make sure that you know how to properly store ammo.
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